Translating from one language to another is the most delicate of intellectual exercises

Translating from one language to another is the most delicate of intellectual exercises; compared to translation, all other puzzles, from bridge to crosswords, seem trivial and vulgar. To take a piece of Greek and put it in English without spilling a drop; what a nice skill!

~ Cyril Connolly

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  1. I tried translating. I translated a couple of stories from Russian to English. It was a challenge and a joy to offer my favorite stories in my mother tongue to the English-speaking readers. I even posted one – Scarlet Sails by Alexander Grin – on wattpad, so people could read it. So far, the feedback was very positive.

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